COVID-19 Building Closure

Arenac County Building closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Business by appointment only. See department web page for contact information. COVID-19 Update Information can be found

County of Arenac COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.pdf

May 29th, 2020

Arenac County Board of Commissioners

Press Release: Arenac County Flood Damage reporting.

Survey staff have visited over 500 residential locations for damage assessment in the past days.

Thank you to all residents of Arenac County who have experienced flood damage for completing the FEMA survey form, found below.

Please remember this is not a guarantee for financial relief of damage and cleanup costs. The survey provided needed data to request funding and designate damage locations.

Arenac County flood damage victims can request assistance in residential cleanup, by calling 211 and requesting “crisis cleanup” (muck out).

Arenac County 2020 Flood Damage Report Link

Arenac County 2020 Flood Damage Report

The Arenac County Story

Watch our videoArenac: "A sandy place for a good footing." That's what Henry Rowe Schoolcraft observed of the area when he named it after the combination of "arena" referring to the sand in the Coliseum in Italy that provided a better footing for gladiators, and "ac" for "place of."

Located at the bottom of Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron, this area has long been inhabited. 5000 year old Native American artifacts have been found in the area. The Rifle, Au Gres, and Pine Rivers made for excellent fishing and canoeing routes for both the Ottawa Indians and early settlers to the area including Captain J.P. Phillips and John Lentz, who started a sawmill in 1856.

Arenac County organized in 1883 during the lumber boom, keeping to it's name in providing settlers a "good footing" for starting out. Arenac County today remains a popular resort area, with plenty of canoeing, hunting, and fishing. Standish, the county seat, is known as a supply headquarters for those traveling up North.

The Rifle, AuGres, and Pine Rivers continue to be favorite canoeing, rafting, and fishing sports providing ample opportunity for Trout, Chinook, Coho, 'Suckers, and Smelt. The miles of Saginaw Bay shoreline Arenac County offer challenging Lake Huron fishing and boating. 

Camping, swimming, boat launches, marinas and parks are also available throughout Arenac County.

Arenac County, Michigan

Arenac County is an equal opportunity provider.

Condado de Arenac es un proveedor de igualdad de oportunidades.


County News

COVID-19 Building Closure

Arenac County Building will be closed as of 03/18/20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. *

Critical services by appointment only

Central Filing (PPO/Court Filing) 989-846-9046

Treasurer 989-846-4106 or at

Clerk 989-846-4626 or at

Register of Deeds 989-846-9201 or at

Drain Commissioner 989-846-2011 or at

Prosecuting Attorney 989-846-4597 or at

Public Guardian 989-846-2611 or at

Building Department / S.E.S.C. 989-846-9791 or at

Equalization 989-846-6246

Housing Department 989-846-6651 or at

MSU-E / 4-H 989-846-4111 or at

Building Maintenance 989-846-9179

Board of Commissioners 989-846-6188 or at


*Effective until further notice to be reassessed on 03/31/20 at the regularly Board of Commissioners meeting.


  • Welcome to Arenac County, Michigan.
  • A Great Way of Life.  A Great Place to Live.  With Business Opportunities Along the North Shore of the Saginaw Bay.
  • Up North, but only 2 hours from Detroit on the the I-75 Corridor and 45 minutes to Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland.  
  • Almost 50 miles of Lake Huron Shoreline and Over 150 Miles of Rivers and Streams to Explore and Enjoy.
  • Marinas and Boat Launches for Boating and Fishing on the Saginaw Bay.
  • Canoeing, Kayaking, Camping and Fishing on the Rifle River, Augres River and Pine River. 
  • 28,000 Acres of Recreational Lands and Forests For Camping, Hiking, Skiing, Trail Riding, Snowmobiling, Hunting and Fishing.

Municipal Financial Dashboard

The Financial Summary contents are intended as a means to provide transparency and accountability to the citizens of Arenac County regarding the municipal budget and finances. Within this site, you will find summarized and detailed information for multiple years including both tabular and graphical representations of the data.

12-31-2018 Debt Service Report.pdf

County Incentive Program Certification 12-31-19.pdf

No unfunded Post Employment Benefits.pdf

Projected Budget Report 2019-2023.pdf

Municipal Financial Dashboard

2018-2019 Michigan Municipal Guide


Holiday Closings

Building is Closed on the following 2019 Recognized Holidays:

  • Jan. 1 - New Year’s Day
  • Jan. 21 - M. L. K. Day
  • Feb. 18 - President’s Day
  • April 19 - Good Friday
  • May 27 - Memorial Day
  • July 4 - Independence Day
  • Sept. 2 - Labor Day
  • Nov. 11 - Veteran’s Day
  • Nov. 28 - Thanksgiving
  • Nov. 29 - Thanksgiving Fri.
  • Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve
  • Dec. 25 - Christmas Day
  • Dec. 31 - New Year's Eve